It’s sandal weather, at last!
Now that the summer pedicure is sorted (and a very last-minute holiday booked), I can think about taking my socks off, at last. On vacation, my go-to sandals are Teva Originals or navy Eva Birkenstocks for the beach, white Birkenstock Arizona for day-tripping. Comfortable and sturdy with a good grip, these sporty styles are now apparently being called ‘Tourist Sandals,’ although they’re equally suited to pavement-pounding back in London. The pre-pedicure photograph above features Grenson’s Willa sandal (borrowed for the shoot and returned) – a fine, hand-painted leather, slingback sandal with a leather-covered, moulded footbed. Perfect with my cropped jeans from COS, but equally lovely with the not-too-dressed-up dress, a wafty kaftan or rolled-up jeans.
To me, the resurgence of barely there, spindly sandals this summer looks like several months in a plaster cast waiting to happen. As an advocate of sensible shoes, I will be firmly sticking to flat run-around styles. There are three things I want from a pair of summer sandals: pared-down design, bunion coverage and a sturdy sole. Yep, I like my footwear strong and stable.
For proper old-school sandals with the strong scent of nostalgia – not too dissimilar to the leather sandals I wilfully scuffed in the school playground – go straight to Church’s. I can often be found sightseeing outside the Regent Street store (the prices have more than doubled since Prada bought the company). Described as ‘the kind of sandal that doesn’t mind a structured look’, Kelsey is the perfect accompaniment to a pinstriped linen trouser suit or pleat-front trousers. And, I’ve spotted several gentlewomen-about-town wearing & Other Stories open-toed Diagonal Slingback leather sandals and the similarly chunky leather sandals at Cos. Sturdy sandals look brilliant and could create a serious stomp. Not that there’ll be any of that kind of behaviour from this quarter…
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